Category Archives: Evolution

Where Do We Come From?

The idea that a single population was the ancestor of all living humans is neat and convenient, but it is not consistent with the data. The origin of modern humans is one of the most popular and hotly debated topics … Continue reading

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Survival of the Friendliest: Homo sapiens Evolved via Selection for Prosociality

The challenge of studying human cognitive evolution is identifying unique features of our intelligence while explaining the processes by which they arose. Comparisons with nonhuman apes point to our early-emerging cooperative-communicative abilities as crucial to the evolution of all forms of human cultural cognition, … Continue reading

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The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new science writer. Psychologist Geoffrey Miller offers the most convincing–and radical–explanation for how and why … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Human Cooperation

How do people living in small groups without money, markets, police and rigid social classes develop norms of economic and social cooperation that are sustainable over time? This book addresses this fundamental question and explains the origin, structure and spread … Continue reading

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A Handbook on Evolutionary Art and Music

Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. Leonardo da Vinci Artistic behavior is one of the most valued qualities of the human mind. Although artistic manifestations vary from culture to culture, … Continue reading

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Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First International Conference on Evo-Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design, EvoMUSART 2012, held in Málaga, Spain, in April 2012, co-located with the Evo* 2012 events EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO, and EvoApplications. Due … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Origins of Morality

The aim of this contribution is to explore the origins of moral behavior and its underlying moral preferences and intuitions from an evolutionary perspective. Such a perspective encompasses both the ultimate, adaptive function of morality in our own species, as … Continue reading

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create … Continue reading

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The mystery of language evolution

Understanding the evolution of language requires evidence regarding origins and processes that led to change. In the last 40 years, there has been an explosion of research on this problem as well as a sense that considerable progress has been … Continue reading

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Humans evolved to be fair for selfish reasons

“Make sure you play fairly,” often say parents to their kids. In fact, children do not need encouragement to be fair, it is a unique feature of human social life, which emerges in childhood. When given the opportunity to share … Continue reading

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